Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara, left, celebrates with teammate Darlington Nagbe, right, after Nagbe scored a goal in a game against the Colorado Rapids during the first half of their match in Portland Sun., Oct. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Troy Wayrynen)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Two members of the Portland Timbers who have been with the team since its first season in the MLS in 2011 have signed contract extensions just ahead of the season opener Sunday at Providence Park.
Nagbe, the second overall pick in the 2011 MLS Draft, played every minute of Portland’s MLS Cup Championship playoff run last season.
Nagbe has played in more MLS games for the Timbers than anyone else on the club, and during the 2016 campaign should become the games leader across all iterations of the Timbers. He is also a member of the U.S. Men’s National team.
Chara has played in 146 games for the Timbers, earning the Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters’ Player of the Year honors last season.
He started his professional career with Deportes Quindío in Colombia at the age of 17. Chara logged 4 starts during last year’s MLS Cup run, including 90 minutes in the Timbers championship victory over Columbus.
The Timbers start the season Sunday with a rematch against the Crew SC at Providence Park at 1:30 p.m.
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